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Colour Enhancer for Canaries

Question: What is the best way to give to give colour enhancer (canthaxanthin) for canaries.


C1: You can give it one by one, either only in water, or only in egg food, also a combination of both methods is possible. C2: It is best to mix the red color substance to the egg food. Mix 20 grams on a kilo of egg food dry and before you give the egg food, it is wise to make the egg food a bit loose with a little handwarm water. C3: I prefer only the mix with eggfood. It is the cleanest method to administer colour enhancer for canaries. If you dissolve the powder in water, the area near the water will be red coloured and it is not easy to clean. C4: Water or eggfood is good to think about, because every bird must drink daily, but not every bird like to eat the same amount eggfood daily.
C5:  5 ml level spoon to 1kg eggfood and one   tea spoon C6: 10 grams in 1 kilo soft food C7: Between 5g and 10g for soft food is sufficient. I add a half teaspoon to a lot of water. They only need to take in a small amount to colour out. Their dropping’s should be salmon pink and not red. C8: In order to administer of pure canthaxanthin, one needs a little experience and a fine feeling for the right amount. Most experienced fanciers have developed their own methods of feeding canthaxanthin. Minute quantities are required, and a rule of thumb is one gram of canthaxanthin per bird, fed throughoutthe entire moulting season. The effect is immediate, and as soon as the bird consumes the canthaxanthin, the digested results will show in the new feathering. As the bird moults, the new colouring is displayed in the wing butts, down the breast, often showing vividly, until the newly emerging feathering opens fully. The new feathers continue throughout the body, then finally the head and neck areas, with the small areas around he eyes being the last to be moulted out. Fanciers may choose to place a few grains of canthaxanthin into boiling water (which breaks down the oil-base of the product), and use the cooled water to mix their soft food. Alternatively, others allow the boiled water to cool, then mix with further cold water, and feed through the drinking water supply, although this often results in a badly stained bird room floor. Others mix the dry grains of carophyl with boiled egg yolk, and stir this into their soft food mixture, in the knowledge that their birds will pick out the yolk first, and so pick up the colouring quickly, whilst others place carophyl into a salt or pepper-pot, and apply a small amount to the standard soft-food, on a daily basis.
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